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Adventures of a Trail Stooge Paperback – August 25, 2015
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About the Author
Chris Quinn grew up in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. After graduating from the University of Delaware, he lived and worked in Hoboken for a few years before hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2013. He is now a writer and a teacher in South Jersey. For more of his works and stories, check out www.quinnwriter.com.
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Chris broke all the rules of Appalachian Trail travelogues, and produced a never-boring, unique chronicle of his adventures. True, his narrative is based upon his rather sparse trail journals - but he presents the journal entries pretty much as written, and then annotates them with after the fact details and recollections. It actually works! Of course, you should already be familiar with the Appalachian Trail - and you should have read at least one of the more detailed step-by-step books first, or you may get lost as Chris motors up the trail.
One of the strong points of his account also produced from me a BITTER complaint! The strong point: we get to read the viewpoint of a painfully young scribe. The complaint? This young whippersnapper keeps referring to people far younger than me as "old guys"! Karma, Mr. Sir Stooge. Someday, your insensitivity to the more -er- experienced element will come back to bite you! :)
Outstanding job, Sir Stooge! Keep the ground on the down side. See ya up the trail!
That being said, however, there was a lack of cohesiveness and maturity in his use of his trail journal entries and following notes, added for publication. Also could've used a thesaraus, desperately.
If you have no familiarity with the AT, thru-hiking, or backpacking in general, you'll be lost and confused throughout his tale, if you even manage to finish reading it, as he gives no explanations, trail history, or expansions on daily details, nor on keeping track of the large number of people coming and going throughout.
And yet, I did finish it.
There was something engaging regardless of the inanities, the very limited descriptive vocabulary and the annoying use of the plus sign in place of the word "and" (or even the ampersand). It somehow has that intangible something that makes one want to know what happens next.
Great read, I recommend it!
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